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Report: Bucs “seriously interested” in Jeff Demps


Well, that didn’t take long.

The same day former Florida Gators playmaker/Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps declared he wanted to play football, one of the teams in his home state made clear its intentions.

Scott Reynolds of reports the Buccaneers are “seriously interested,” in signing Demps.

Demps was a part of the American silver-winning 4×100-meter relay team, now wants to transition back to football. He wasn’t drafted, making him free to sign with any team.

But the Bucs, according to Reynolds’ report, were touching base prior to the Olympics to make sure he didn’t forget about them.

This one makes sense on a number of levels.

The Bucs could use another shot of speed in the passing game (they envision Demps as a slot receiver) to go with Vincent Jackson and what appears to be a good run game, along with some juice on special teams.

Demps, who grew up in Winter Garden, Fla. (outside Orlando), might also appeal to a fan base that has been sluggish when it comes to buying tickets. And that might be as important as anything he’d do on the field, to be honest.

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12 Responses to “Report: Bucs “seriously interested” in Jeff Demps”
  1. ibreathefootball says: Aug 14, 2012 3:58 PM

    Go Gators & Good Luck to Jeff Demps!

  2. vikings2102 says: Aug 14, 2012 3:59 PM

    I thought he had to be drafted now?? Did that change with the new CBA??

    What stops a college player from saying he doesn’t want to play football and sits out the draft and then decides too in August to become a free agent?

  3. rajbais says: Aug 14, 2012 4:03 PM

    The Bucs fans don’t know this guy well!!!

    Their fans are the worst in the NFL!!! They Don’t show up when they win 10 games and don’t show up in even sycophantic manner!!!

    Browns, Jets go after this guy!!! The Bucs don’t need him like how you both do!!

  4. youngry says: Aug 14, 2012 4:09 PM

    Vikings- he was eligible to be drafted but wasn’t on account of him focusing on track, now he’s a UFA.

  5. mbellio says: Aug 14, 2012 4:13 PM

    He is Dallas bound…

  6. Nic says: Aug 14, 2012 4:58 PM

    Had to take a little attendance jab… Classy

  7. muttbolts says: Aug 14, 2012 6:15 PM

    1st round draft pick money is what stops players from sitting out the draft to become fa

  8. onlinewagerreview says: Aug 15, 2012 12:03 AM

    Bucs tremendous offseason/free agency may continue. Watch for those Bucs.

  9. fourthandafoot says: Aug 15, 2012 12:10 AM

    You have to be three years removed from high school to be NFL eligible.

    I had assumed some GM would have used a round 7 pick during the draft to secure his rights. I would have used a late round 6 pick if I;d been in their shoes.

  10. fourthandafoot says: Aug 15, 2012 12:24 AM

    In this case Demps was a Senior and already eligible for the 2012 draft. He would have been at the NFL combine if it wasn’t for the Olympics. It’s possible a NFL team offered him a Free Agent contract as soon as the draft ended.

    I think Demps handled this situation in a classy way.

  11. wethompson says: Aug 15, 2012 5:00 AM

    Go for Demps! The Bucs have a need for speed and Al Davis has always maitained that speed can’t be coached. Demps would create matchup problems every week and stretch the field. Go Bucs.

  12. flickaboogie says: Aug 15, 2012 12:04 PM

    Yeah right, I’m in Tampa and signing an undrafted free agent is going to make me buy season tickets.

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